September 23, 2021

Jailed former South African President Zuma undergoes surgery

Jailed former South African President Zuma undergoes surgery

Jailed former South African President Jacob Zuma has undergone unspecified surgery and remains in hospital with more operations planned, prison authorities said.

Zuma, serving a 15-month sentence in Estcourt prison for contempt of court, was sent to a hospital outside for observation on August 6, days before the start of a corruption trial he has thus far avoided.

“Mr Zuma underwent a surgical procedure on Saturday, 14 August 2021, with other procedures scheduled for the coming days,” prison spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said in a statement on Sunday.

There was no word on a potential discharge date for Zuma, who in July asked the country’s top court to reverse his imprisonment, saying it was unjust and might kill him if he catches COVID-19.

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